Archives March 2004

Shorter Thomas Friedman II

Last update on Nov. 11, 2014.

Until the facts correspond with my imagination, I don’t need to pay attention to the facts.

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Penitence 101

Last update on Nov. 11, 2014.

This is quite a week for teshuvah. On Wednesday, Richard Clarke, the National Security Council’s former counterterrorism coordinator, shocked the audience at the 9/11 commission hearings by, of all things, apologizing:

[Y]our government failed you, those entrusted with protecting you failed you and I failed you. We tried hard, but that doesn’t matter ...

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Shorter Thomas Friedman

Last update on Nov. 11, 2014.

Sometimes terrorists set off bombs before elections because they want the government to be more right-wing. Sometimes terrorists set off bombs before elections because they want the government to be more left-wing. In either case, the government should do the exact opposite of what the terrorists want.

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What is “an integral part of the operating system?”

Last update on Nov. 11, 2014.

Kevin Drum, commenting on Brad deLong’s lament for the days of browser competition, asks the legal question that is central to all the hand-wringing about Microsoft’s “embrace and extend” strategy:

And yet … there’s a critical piece that’s missing here. It’s an argument Microsoft makes all the time, but that doesn’t necessarily make it wrong ...

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New and improved link list, in tasty HTML and RSS flavors

Last update on Nov. 11, 2014.

I’ve set up an account with del.icio.us, a “social bookmarks manager,” and set up the blog to include my most recent del.icio.us postings in the upper right. When I have enough of those, I’ll comment out the code for my old sideblog.

The good part of this service: del.icio ...

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Visualizing the Mishkan

Last update on Nov. 11, 2014.

If you can read the engineering instructions in Exodus 25–31, as well as the descriptions of how the Mishkan was constructed in Exodus 36–38, without your eyes glazing over, you are a far, far better person than I am. Fortunately, almost everyone who publishes a translation of the Chumash takes pity on their readers, and ...

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Pitch for a new reality TV show

Last update on Nov. 11, 2014.

It’s like Joan of Arcadia meets Joe Millionaire. You’ve got twelve people at a retreat center, out in the woods somewhere. Six of them are looking for some kind of spiritual direction in their lives, but aren’t sure what religion to follow. Six of them are spiritual guides representing a variety of religions: one Catholic ...

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Whose nation is this, anyway?

Last update on Nov. 11, 2014.

After the calf is made, God tells Moses “go down, because your nation that you brought up from the land of Egypt has become corrupt” (32:7). Moses, trying to convince God not to toast the entire nation, says, “Why should the Eternal’s anger be aroused against your nation that you brought out of the ...

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The bells, bells, bells, bells, bells

Last update on Nov. 11, 2014.

I generally take a positivist attitude to the mitzvot. For example, some people will look at the commandment against combining meat and milk, and adduce some Deep and Significant Reason for the commandment, e.g., it’s a symbol of the distinction between life and death. I say we can’t mix milk and meat because God ...

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Hoy todos somos madrileños

Last update on Nov. 11, 2014.

flag from Patricio López Guzmán via Boing Boing

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